Edited book

Diasporic Histories: Cultural Archives of Chinese Transnationalism

PublisherHong Kong : Hong Kong University Press
Publication date2009

Chinese migrant communities have reinvented their histories in many contexts, but the process of globalization has accelerated and diversified this phenomenon. Their fluid identities, innovative modernities, and generative talents in overcoming prejudice and multiple dislocations offer powerful examples of creative resistance to placebound traditions and nationalist histories. As the velocity of exchange in global media and commerce steadily increases, emergent and dynamic diasporas are increasingly influential in transnational discourses. This volume engages cultural representations of the subjectivities and loyalties of Chinese migrant communities, including analyses of aesthetic texts, as well as theoretical approaches in cultural studies. The book situates diasporic agency as an historical phenomenon with far-reaching political and social implications for both home and host societies and as a major site of contemporary cultural developments. By assembling a variety of regional, temporal, and disciplinary perspectives, it interrogates current notions of the diasporic subject, raising questions about respective ideological roots and cultural repositories as well as extensions and transgressions of new aesthetic vocabularies.

  • Chinese migration
  • Diaspora
  • Identity
  • Transnationalism
Citation (ISO format)
MADSEN, Deborah Lea, RIEMENSCHNITTER, Andrea, (eds.). Diasporic Histories: Cultural Archives of Chinese Transnationalism. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2009.
  • PID : unige:92082

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